Guidance For Arts Boards Confronting a Pandemic

During these unprecedented times, Toronto Arts Foundation is committed to supporting arts boards with the most up-to-date information and resources to help them navigate challenging decisions they may face.

Below you'll find past recordings and resources related to our Confronting a Pandemic series. 

Session 1: 10 Principles for Navigating Through Critical Times
April 16, 2020
Arts organizations throughout the world are suddenly facing urgent and unprecedented challenges. What’s the best way for arts boards to assist as their organizations abruptly pivot from standard practice and programming? How does the board’s role change in a time of crisis? Senior arts leaders and experienced board members Robin Cardozo and Helen Burstyn offer 10 Principles for Navigating through Critical Times – the first in our series of three Creative Champions webinars providing Guidance for Arts Boards Confronting a Pandemic. We really are all in this together!


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Session 2: Surviving Extraordinary TImes: The Board's Role in Organizational Resilience
May 1, 2020
COVID-19 has hit our sector hard: arts organizations have had to cancel shows, events and seasons; artists’ income and livelihoods, always precarious, are now even more so. Yet many of our companies are drawing on deep reserves of resiliency: our stages may be dark, our exhibitions postponed, and our venues closed, but most of us are open and operating – often in radically new ways. Although few companies found themselves “ready” to deal with a pandemic, speakers Paul Nagpal and Owais Lightwala (Board Co-Chair and Managing Director Why Not Theatre) and Celia Smith (Co-founder Leadership Emergency Arts Network and incoming Interim CEO Luminato Festival) will explore the board’s important role in developing resilient organizations. What should board members be doing now to help their companies think clearly, act quickly, and innovate in ways that demonstrate strength and flexibility? How can they reinforce, or develop, practices and principles that take them through the current crisis and successfully into the future?